Native plants historically grew in this area and are adapted to the local climate and soil types. They are part of the local natural community and provide resources for wildlife. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities, unlike non-native plants such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.
Want to see native plants in the City? Explore the many natural areas throughout Burnsville, and visit the Civic Center Prairie, a large-scale turf to prairie conversion (pictured).
In the home garden, native plants provide the same environmental benefits, in addition to needing very little care once they establish. Growing interest has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.
Natural areas have many environmental benefits, but did you know your yard can make a difference too?
Projects that benefit pollinators, water quality and wildlife include:
Planting a native garden
Converting turf to prairie (a.k.a. native planting)